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USGBC Texas Leadership Forum & Community Awards

  • Thursday, November 30, 2023
  • 12:00 PM
  • Houston, Texas

USGBC Texas, in partnership with USGBC, is hosting a full-day Leadership Forum, which consists of multiple events that will educate, engage, and encourage our community. Events include a thought leadership panel that will specifically discuss LEED v5, the latest iteration of the LEED rating system.

We aim to make the day accessible by public transportation and making it walkable once downtown, as well as limit waste across the events. Register before November 17 to help us plan catering.  Lunch is included in the Lunch-and-Learn session, and as the reception and Hors d'oeuvre are included in the thought leadership panel and awards event.


12:00 - 1:30 pm     TRUE Zero Waste Lunch-and-Learn

 2:30 - 3:30 pm     Tour at 1550 on the Green

 4:30 - 5:30 pm     LEED v5 Thought Leadership Panel

 5:30 - 7:30 pm     Leadership Awards Celebration & Networking Reception 

Full-day and specific event registrations now available!

Please register by November 17 to secure your spot and help us reduce waste. Prices will increase after November 17!

We look forward to seeing you for the entire afternoon or just the events you are able to attend and encourage everyone to attend the evening's reception.

Public transportation is suggested, as well as parking near the Bank of America Tower.

Register Now!

TRUE Zero Waste Lunch-and-Learn

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. CT
GENSLER Houston Offices
 Houston Center
909 Fannin St., Unit 200

Sustainability professionals, TRUE Advisors, LEED professionals, TRUE Advisors in training, and zero waste enthusiasts are invited to join TRUE Director, Susie Vincent for a networking lunch and learn and circular economy conversation. Susie will share an overview of the TRUE program and case studies.

Join us at Noon CT on November 30 to meet other sustainability professionals and enjoy a lunch prior to the USGBC thought leadership and awards celebration. All are welcome to attend. 

Inquiries or questions about TRUE and this lunch event should be directed to Susie Vincent at svincent@usgbc.org.

Tour: 1550 on the Green

2 :30 - 3:30 p.m. CT
1550 On The Green
550 Lamar St.

Organized by USGBC Texas, this tour will take attendees behind the scenes to explore sustainability features of one of downtown Houston's most forward-thinking buildings. Designed by the world-renowned Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), 1550 on the Green is filled with natural light and elements to blur the boundaries between park space and office space.

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LEEDv5 Thought Leadership Panel

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. CT
Bank of America Tower
800 Capital St.

Join USGBC staff and local experts to discus the next iteration of the LEED green building certification system, for new construction and existing buildings. USGBC intends to drive the built environment toward a low carbon future that is equitable and resilient and promotes the wise, safe utilization of all resources. In this interactive session, the U.S. Green Building Council and LEED Steering Committee leadership take attendees on a guided tour of the new structure of the rating system.

Additionally, this session will feature an in-depth understanding of the integrated approach to addressing the key issues of scale, decarbonization, health and wellbeing, resilience, equity, and biodiversity and other goals that are driving the development.

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer insights as they learn more about USGBC’s work to create an end-to-end ecosystem for green building to ensure the built environment is supported in meeting goals from design to operations and including enhanced analytics and reporting for areas of focus such as ESG, building performance standards.


Vijaya Yellamraju, Vice President, Certification - USGBC

Lisa Storer, Austin Transit Partnership, LEED Steering Committee, USGBC Texas Board member

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Awards and Leadership Celebration

6 :00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CT
Bank of America Tower
800 Capital St.

Awards - for both projects and people - support the broadening conversation between the green building industry and our green community. Our goal is to support and recognize the People and Projects within our community that represent the breadth of what sustainability means. 

We know there are leaders in our communities of all industries engaging in extraordinary work, driving innovation, transforming their industry, and accelerating knowledge exchange around a diversity of sustainability strategies. All these initiatives are environmental movements implemented by a project or person transforming our community.

Help us recognize these transformational leaders and projects!

We look forward to seeing you for the entire afternoon - or just the events you are able to attend - and encourage everyone to attend the evening's reception.

Public transportation is encouraged if possible, as well as parking at or near the Bank of America Tower.

USGBC Texas Chapter is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 1801 Royal Lane, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75229

Contact us at chapter@usgbctexas.org or at 214-571-9244

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